Philippine tourism

Fully vaccinated? You can visit these tourist spots without taking RT-PCR tests!

Amanda T. Lago
Fully vaccinated? You can visit these tourist spots without taking RT-PCR tests!

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For fully vaccinated people, taking a trip has become more convenient now, if they choose the right destination

Throughout the pandemic, traveling for fun has become not only risky but inconvenient, with constantly changing quarantine rules, and long lists of travel requirements that always include expensive and time-consuming RT-PCR tests.

But now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing up a bit, and with more and more people getting vaccinated, tourism has become more viable again.

For fully vaccinated people, taking a trip has become more convenient now, if they choose the right destination. Many spots around the Philippines have eased on the RT-PCR requirement for travelers who have completed their COVID-19 shots.

Based on IATF guidelines, you’re fully vaccinated if at least two weeks have passed after you’ve gotten the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or if two weeks have passed after you’ve received a single-dose vaccine.

If you are fully jabbed and ready to scratch the travel itch, here’s where you can go where all you’ll need is a vaccination certificate or vaxx card:

Baguio

Bring your vaccination card or certificate. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults are not allowed, and minors without full jabs are still required to present antigen or RT-PCR test results. Tourists are also required to pre-register via Baguio’s tourist website and undergo a health screening upon arrival. You can look at all the requirements in detail here.

What to see:
Burnham Park
Mines View Park
Good Shepherd Convent (for ube jam!)
BenCab Museum
Tam-Awan Artists Village
Museo Kordilyera

Cebu Province

No swabs or medical certificates required. Vaccination cards or certificates are enough, but only for domestic travelers. Travel requirements in detail here.

What to see:
Magellan’s Cross
Kawasan Falls
Oslob (to swim with whale sharks!)
Malapascua Island (to swim with thresher sharks!)
Bantayan Island
Moalboal
Basilica de Sto. Niño

Iloilo City

Travelers need to present their vaccination cards. They also need to register their personal data through the S-Pass website, but no longer need to submit any documents. You can check travel requirements here.

What to see:
Miag-ao Church
Iloilo River Esplanade
Jaro Cathedral
Garin Farm
Calle Real
Molo Mansion

Bohol

Travelers need to present vaccination certificates obtained from the government’s digital vaccine system VaxCertPH, along with an S-pass permit. See travel requirements here.

What to see:
Chocolate Hills
Loboc River
Panglao Island
Hinagdanan Cave
Alona Beach
Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

Bacolod City

Travelers must submit vaccination cards issued by DOH, DICT, or other qualified national or foreign government agencies, along with a registration form from the city’s BacTrac system, online health declaration form, S-pass permit, and valid ID. Check out further details on travel requirements here.

What to see:
The Ruins
San Sebastian Cathedral
Negros Museum
Silay City
Capitol Park

Clark Freeport Zone

Fully-vaccinated travelers only need to present their vaccination cards. Tourists from MECQ, ECQ, and GCQ Alert Level 5 areas are not allowed, regardless of vaccination status or swab test result. View more details here.

What to see:
Clark Museum and 4D Theater
Air Force City Park
Aling Lucing’s (in Angeles, for their iconic sisig)
El Kabayo (for horseback riding)

Subic Bay Freeport Zone

All ages are allowed to enter, but certain travelers from a higher quarantine/alert level must be fully vaccinated and be able to present a vaccination card, specifically those over 65 years old, those with comorbidities, and pregnant women. RT-PCR or antigen tests are not required. For more details, go here.

What to see:
Ocean Adventure
Inflatable Island
USS New York Sea Wreck
El Kabayo Waterfalls
Zoobic Safari

Tacloban City

The city has lifted testing requirements for all travelers, but visitors are asked to comply with minimum public health standards, including wearing of face mask and shield, maintaining physical distancing, and observing cough etiquette and proper hygiene. Check out travel guidelines here.

What to see:
San Juanico Bridge
MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park
Tacloban Church
Santo Niño Shrine

Maasin City

Local and foreign tourists alike may submit proof of full vaccination in place of a negative RT-PCR result. They must also submit a valid ID, a letter of acceptance from the city or municipality, and a QR code from Southern Leyte’s contact tracing system. View requirements here.

What to see:
Monte Cueva Shrine
Jaleca Hills
Maasin Cathedral
Cagnituan Falls
Tunga-Tunga Beach

Meanwhile, these destinations require only less pricey antigen tests from fully vaccinated travelers:

Zambales

A negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken 24 hours prior to travel is required for vaccinated travelers whose final dose was administered at least a month before their arrival. Travelers must also register via Zambales’ tourism website.

What to see:
Liwliwa Beach
Nagsasa Cove
Anawangin Cove
Capones Island
Mt. Pinatubo

Ilocos Sur

Regardless of vaccination status, tourists from areas under GCQ, MGCQ, and Alert Levels 1, 2, and 3 may enter with a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours before entry. They must also show a valid ID, a travel pass from the Tara Na website, and a booking confirmation from a DOT accredited travel agency or accommodation. Check out the full travel guidelines here.

What to see:
Calle Crisologo
Vigan Cathedral
Syquia Mansion Museum

Ilocos Norte

In general, travelers may choose between RT-PCR tests taken within 72 hours, antigen tests taken within 24 hours, or antigen tests taken upon arrival. However, there are different testing requirements depending on the mode of transportation. They must also show a valid ID, a confirmed booking with an accredited accommodation or travel agency, and a QR code from Safepass. View full details here.

What to see:
Bangui Windmills
La Paz Sand Dunes
Fort Ilocandia
Paoay Church
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Pagudpud Beaches

Dumaguete

Tourists who count at least 14 days from their final dose must submit a vaccination card, vaccination certificate from the province, city, or municipal health office where they were vaccinated, and a negative antigen test result. They must also register via S-pass. View more details on travel requirements here.

What to see:
Dumaguete Boulevard
Dumaguete Cathedral
Silliman University
Sans Rival Cakes and Pastries (for the silvanas!)
Apo Island

Know of any more destinations that don’t require RT-PCR tests for travelers? Let us know in the comments! – Rappler.com

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Amanda T. Lago

After avoiding long-term jobs in favor of travelling the world, Amanda finally learned to commit when she joined Rappler in July 2017. As a lifestyle and entertainment reporter, she writes about music, culture, and the occasional showbiz drama. She also hosts Rappler Live Jam, where she sometimes tries her best not to fan-girl on camera.